Tyler arboretum offers bugs, butterflies and beyond

By David Delloso

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The Butterfly House exhibit at the Tyler Arboretum. Photo by Dean Galiffa
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The Tulip Treehouse at the Tyler Arboretum. Constructed in 2014, the treehouse was inspired by the Tulip Poplar Tree. Photo by Dean Galiffa

Tyler Arboretum, a nonprofit public garden located in Marple Township, hosts professional tours, educational seminars and exhibits. Offering 17 miles of hiking trails across 650 acres, the arboretum attracts up to 70,000 visitors per year.

Established in 1944, the arboretum has become a place for indulging in horticulture, events, and outdoor scenery. The public sanctuary is a host to both families and students, offering internships to local schools and summer camps for children.

Tyler is currently focused on growing community interests and publicizing activities. Amy Mawby, director of public programs, gave details on the latest event.

“We just hosted our ‘Bugs and Butterflies’ event Aug. 26,” Mawby explained. The butterfly house is an attraction for all ages at Tyler. Families come to learn about plants that attract butterflies and how to manage a garden with them.

Tyler also is home to a tree house exhibit that is open year round, weather permitting. The exhibit attracts a variety of age groups. Children tend to explore the tree houses while adults admire the unique architecture.

There are several activities catering to the older crowd. Events like “Blues and Brews” promote local businesses, such as the Sterling Pig Brewery and Media’s Pinocchio’s Pizzeria, and feature an array of beer and hors d’oeuvres.

Mawby explained that the events, tours and exhibits are made possible by volunteers. Tyler has several hundred volunteers, both seasonal and nonseasonal.

Currently, the edible garden is under construction, which will also provide a building where interested persons can learn new gardening methods.

Mawby said that she is excited for the anticpated interest in these new programs.

“The ability to show people they can make connections with nature is vital,” Mawby said. “If a child can come here, explore the grounds and see nature as an inviting place, they can share that with their friends, parents and future generations.”

With families in mind, upcoming events at Tyler are suitable for all ages.

Oct. 20 and 21, Tyler is hosting Pumpkin Days, where guests can take hayrides and create their own scarecrows.

The event is open to the public. Admission cost is available at tylerarboretum.org.

If interested in visiting, volunteering or interning, a full event calendar is featured on their website. Tyler is open seven days a week and is located at 515 Painter Road, Media, Pa.

Contact David Delloso at communitarian@dccc.edu